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Marc Veyrat's La Maison des Bois damaged by fire

18 March 2015 by
Marc Veyrat's La Maison des Bois damaged by fire

A blaze has caused substantial damage to top French chef Marc Veyrat's La Maison des Bois restaurant in the Alps.

Firefighters brought the fire at the wooden chalet, 6,000 ft up on the border with the Swiss Alps, under control yesterday morning.

Authorities said it appeared to have started in the kitchen and spread rapidly to the dining room.

Veyrat said: "This is a life and a piece of French cultural history that has gone up in flames."

"It's not just a restaurant but also a museum of popular art showing several pieces of furniture from the region. It's sad, but I'm a fighter. I'll be back."

The chef was injured in a serious skiing accident in 2009 and stopped working in the kitchen, handing back his six Michelin stars (held at two restaurants), but returned in 2013.

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